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Glazunov: Complete Symphonies & Concertos / Serebrier

Glazunov / Serebrier / Yang / Romanovsky
Release Date: 06/26/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 664674   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Rachel Barton PineAlexander RomanovskyMarc ChissonAlexey Serov,   ... 
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 8 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Glazunov’s symphonies hover on the edge of the repertoire. You almost never see them programmed in live concerts, but every couple of decades a complete cycle comes out. Curiously, none of the Russian recordings are very good. The performances are uniformly heavy and dull, whereas Glazunov’s music, symphonic or not, demands a balletic lilt and a light touch. His symphonies are full of good tunes and are beautifully crafted, but despite exciting moments they aren’t terribly dramatic and so need to played swiftly and vivaciously. The sound clip below offers a sample of the delightful “toy” music from trio of the Fifth Symphony’s scherzo. It’s just a taste of the many captivating moments you’ll find in
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Previously, the best Glazunov cycle available was Järvi’s on Orfeo. It had the right energy, but was very expensive. Some discs (all at full price) contained a single symphony and the fillers, a couple of concert waltzes, were most ungenerous. This box features performances, ironically with one of Järvi’s previous orchestras, that easily set the new standard for these pieces. Serebrier plays the music like he really cares about it, touchingly in the slow movements, but with real Russian fire in the first movements and finales. The concertos are equally well done, with Rachel Barton Pine superb in the Violin Concerto, and Alexander Romanovsky confidently swaggering through the two piano concertos. These latter works are scarcely known, but they are both excellent and deserve to enter the repertoire.

In addition to these major pieces, you also get all of the shorter concerted works (including the Saxophone Concerto), the tone poems La mer and the Introduction and Dance from Salome, a superb rendition of The Seasons, and an excellent extended suite from the ballet Raymonda. This box, in short, gives you all of the music that you’ll ever need if you want to get the most important Glazunov works in one handy package. You even get the unfinished Ninth Symphony–quite a deal.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 9 in D major: 1st movement [unfinished] by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 10 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 16 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 32 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 5 "Slavic" by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 33 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 7 in F major, Op. 77 "Pastorale" by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 35 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 55 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 32 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
The Seasons, Op. 67 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 6 in C minor, Op. 58 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 35 Minutes 14 Secs. 
8.
Fantasy for Orchestra in E major, Op. 28 "The Sea" by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 15 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
Introduction and Dance of Salome, Op. 90 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 15 Minutes 20 Secs. 
10.
Symphony no 8 in E flat major, Op. 83 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 41 Minutes 56 Secs. 
11.
Raymonda Suite, Op. 57a by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 24 Minutes 35 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Russia 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B major, Op. 100 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Alexander Romanovsky (Piano)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; USSR 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 18 Minutes 35 Secs. 
14.
Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E flat major, Op. 109 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Marc Chisson ()
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 12 Minutes 29 Secs. 
15.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 92 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Alexander Romanovsky (Piano)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Russia 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 28 Minutes 15 Secs. 
16.
Rêverie for Horn and Piano, Op. 24 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Alexey Serov (French Horn)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
17.
Concerto ballata for Cello and Orchestra in C major, Op. 108 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang (Cello)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USSR 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
18.
Meditation for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 32 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
19.
Symphony no 3 in D major, Op. 33 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 33 Minutes 37 Secs. 
20.
Chant du ménestrel for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 71 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang (Cello)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Russia 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.3 in D major Op.33 : I Allegro: Glazunov : Symphony No.3 in D major Op.33 : I Allegro
Symphony No.3 in D major Op.33 : II Scherzo - Vivace: Glazunov : Symphony No.3 in D major Op.33 : II Scherzo - Vivace
Symphony No.3 in D major Op.33 : III Andante: Glazunov : Symphony No.3 in D major Op.33 : III Andante
Symphony No.3 in D major Op.33 : IV Finale - Allegro moderato: Glazunov : Symphony No.3 in D major Op.33 : IV Finale - Allegro moderato
Symphony No.9 in D minor [Unfinished] : Adagio - Allegro moderato - Adagio: Glazunov / Arr Yudin : Symphony No.9 in D minor [Unfinished] : Adagio - Allegro moderato - Adagio
Symphony No.2 in F sharp minor Op.16 : I Andante maestoso - Moderato - Allegro: Glazunov : Symphony No.2 in F sharp minor Op.16 : I Andante maestoso - Moderato - Allegro
Symphony No.2 in F sharp minor Op.16 : II Andante: Glazunov : Symphony No.2 in F sharp minor Op.16 : II Andante
Symphony No.2 in F sharp minor Op.16 : III Scherzo - Allegro vivace: Glazunov : Symphony No.2 in F sharp minor Op.16 : III Scherzo - Allegro vivace
Symphony No.2 in F sharp minor Op.16 : IV Intrada - Andante sostenuto - Allegro: Glazunov : Symphony No.2 in F sharp minor Op.16 : IV Intrada - Andante sostenuto - Allegro
Symphony No.1 in E major Op.5, 'Slavyanskaya' : I Allegro: Glazunov : Symphony No.1 in E major Op.5, 'Slavyanskaya' : I Allegro
Symphony No.1 in E major Op.5, 'Slavyanskaya' : II Scherzo - Allegro: Glazunov : Symphony No.1 in E major Op.5, 'Slavyanskaya' : II Scherzo - Allegro
Symphony No.1 in E major Op.5, 'Slavyanskaya' : III Adagio: Glazunov : Symphony No.1 in E major Op.5, 'Slavyanskaya' : III Adagio
Symphony No.1 in E major Op.5, 'Slavyanskaya' : IV Finale - Allegro: Glazunov : Symphony No.1 in E major Op.5, 'Slavyanskaya' : IV Finale - Allegro
Symphony No.4 in E flat major Op.48 : I Andante - Allegro moderato: Glazunov : Symphony No.4 in E flat major Op.48 : I Andante - Allegro moderato
Symphony No.4 in E flat major Op.48 : II Scherzo - Allegro vivace: Glazunov : Symphony No.4 in E flat major Op.48 : II Scherzo - Allegro vivace
Symphony No.4 in E flat major Op.48 : III Andante - Allegro: Glazunov : Symphony No.4 in E flat major Op.48 : III Andante - Allegro
Symphony No.7 in F major Op.77, 'Pastoral' : I Allegro moderato: Glazunov : Symphony No.7 in F major Op.77, 'Pastoral' : I Allegro moderato
Symphony No.7 in F major Op.77, 'Pastoral' : II Andante: Glazunov : Symphony No.7 in F major Op.77, 'Pastoral' : II Andante
Symphony No.7 in F major Op.77, 'Pastoral' : III Scherzo - Allegro giocoso: Glazunov : Symphony No.7 in F major Op.77, 'Pastoral' : III Scherzo - Allegro giocoso
Symphony No.7 in F major Op.77, 'Pastoral' : IV Finale - Allegro maestoso: Glazunov : Symphony No.7 in F major Op.77, 'Pastoral' : IV Finale - Allegro maestoso
Symphony No.5 in B flat major Op.55 : I Moderato - Maestoso - Allegro: Glazunov : Symphony No.5 in B flat major Op.55 : I Moderato - Maestoso - Allegro
Symphony No.5 in B flat major Op.55 : II Scherzo - Moderato: Glazunov : Symphony No.5 in B flat major Op.55 : II Scherzo - Moderato
Symphony No.5 in B flat major Op.55 : III Andante: Glazunov : Symphony No.5 in B flat major Op.55 : III Andante
Symphony No.5 in B flat major Op.55 : IV Allegro maestoso: Glazunov : Symphony No.5 in B flat major Op.55 : IV Allegro maestoso
The Seasons Op.67 : I Winter - Introduction: Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : I Winter - Introduction
The Seasons Op.67 : II Winter - Scene: Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : II Winter - Scene
The Seasons Op.67 : III Winter - Variation 1, 'Frost': Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : III Winter - Variation 1, 'Frost'
The Seasons Op.67 : IV Winter - Variation 2, 'Ice': Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : IV Winter - Variation 2, 'Ice'
The Seasons Op.67 : V Winter - Variation 3, 'Hail': Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : V Winter - Variation 3, 'Hail'
The Seasons Op.67 : VI Winter - Variation 4, 'Snow': Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : VI Winter - Variation 4, 'Snow'
The Seasons Op.67 : VII Spring: Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : VII Spring
The Seasons Op.67 : VIII Summer - Scene: Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : VIII Summer - Scene
The Seasons Op.67 : IX Summer - Waltz of the Cornflowers & Poppies: Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : IX Summer - Waltz of the Cornflowers & Poppies
The Seasons Op.67 : X Summer - Barcarolle: Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : X Summer - Barcarolle
The Seasons Op.67 : XI Summer - Variation - The Ear of the Corn: Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : XI Summer - Variation - The Ear of the Corn
The Seasons Op.67 : XII Summer - Coda: Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : XII Summer - Coda
The Seasons Op.67 : No.4 Autumn, No.4a Bacchanale & No.4b Entries of the Seasons: Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : No.4 Autumn, No.4a Bacchanale & No.4b Entries of the Seasons
The Seasons Op.67 : No.4c Petit Adagio: Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : No.4c Petit Adagio
The Seasons Op.67 : No.4h Apotheosis [Variation]: Glazunov : The Seasons Op.67 : No.4h Apotheosis [Variation]
Symphony No.6 in C minor Op.58 : I Adagio - Allegro appassionato: Glazunov : Symphony No.6 in C minor Op.58 : I Adagio - Allegro appassionato
Symphony No.6 in C minor Op.58 : II Tema con variazioni: Glazunov : Symphony No.6 in C minor Op.58 : II Tema con variazioni
Symphony No.6 in C minor Op.58 : III Intermezzo: Glazunov : Symphony No.6 in C minor Op.58 : III Intermezzo
Symphony No.6 in C minor Op.58 : IV Finale - Andante maestoso - Allegro moderato: Glazunov : Symphony No.6 in C minor Op.58 : IV Finale - Andante maestoso - Allegro moderato
La Mer Op.28: Glazunov : La Mer Op.28
Incidental music to Salomé Op.90 : I Introduction: Glazunov : Incidental music to Salomé op.90 : I Introduction
Incidental music to Salomé Op.90 : II Dance: Glazunov : Incidental music to Salomé Op.90 : II Dance
Symphony No.8 in E flat major Op.83 : I Allegro moderato: Glazunov : Symphony No.8 in E flat major Op.83 : I Allegro moderato
Symphony No.8 in E flat major Op.83 : II Mesto: Glazunov : Symphony No.8 in E flat major Op.83 : II Mesto
Symphony No.8 in E flat major Op.83 : III Allegro: Glazunov : Symphony No.8 in E flat major Op.83 : III Allegro
Symphony No.8 in E flat major Op.83 : IV Finale - Moderato sostenuto - Allegro moderato: Glazunov : Symphony No.8 in E flat major Op.83 : IV Finale - Moderato sostenuto - Allegro moderato
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : I Act 1 Introduction: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : I Act 1 Introduction
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : II Act 1 Salle dans le chateau de Raymonda: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : II Act 1 Salle dans le chateau de Raymonda
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : III Act 1 La Traditrice: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : III Act 1 La Traditrice
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : IV Act 1 Une fanfare annonce l'arrivée d'un étranger: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : IV Act 1 Une fanfare annonce l'arrivée d'un étranger
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : V Act 1 Entrée de Raymonda: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : V Act 1 Entrée de Raymonda
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : VI Act 1 Soir - Clair de lune: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : VI Act 1 Soir - Clair de lune
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : VII Act 1 Prélude & La Romanesca: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : VII Act 1 Prélude & La Romanesca
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : VIII Act 1 Prélude & Variation: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : VIII Act 1 Prélude & Variation
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : IX Act 1 Entr-acte: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : IX Act 1 Entr-acte
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : X Act 1 Valse fantastique: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : X Act 1 Valse fantastique
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : XI Act 2 Grand pas d'action - Grand Adagio: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : XI Act 2 Grand pas d'action - Grand Adagio
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : XII Act 2 Variation 4 - Raymonda: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : XII Act 2 Variation 4 - Raymonda
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : XIII Act 2 Danse des garçons arabes: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : XIII Act 2 Danse des garçons arabes
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : XIV Act 2 Entrée des Sarrasins: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : XIV Act 2 Entrée des Sarrasins
Raymonda Suite Op.57a : XV Act 3 Entr-acte - Triomphe de l'amour et fête nuptiale: Glazunov : Raymonda Suite Op.57a : XV Act 3 Entr-acte - Triomphe de l'amour et fête nuptiale
Violin Concerto in A minor Op.82 : I Moderato: Glazunov : Violin Concerto in A minor Op.82 : I Moderato
Violin Concerto in A minor Op.82 : II Andante sostenuto: Glazunov : Violin Concerto in A minor Op.82 : II Andante sostenuto
Violin Concerto in A minor Op.82 : III Tempo 1 [ fig.18]: Glazunov : Violin Concerto in A minor Op.82 : III Tempo 1 [ fig.18]
Violin Concerto in A minor Op.82 : IV Allegro: Glazunov : Violin Concerto in A minor Op.82 : IV Allegro
Chant du Ménestrel Op.71: Glazunov : Chant du Ménestrel Op.71
Piano Concerto No.2 in B major Op.100 : I Andante sostenuto: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.2 in B major Op.100 : I Andante sostenuto
Piano Concerto No.2 in B major Op.100 : II Andante: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.2 in B major Op.100 : II Andante
Piano Concerto No.2 in B major Op.100 : III Allegro: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.2 in B major Op.100 : III Allegro
Saxophone Concerto in E flat major Op.109 : I Allegro Moderato: Glazunov : Saxophone Concerto in E flat major Op.109 : I Allegro Moderato
Saxophone Concerto in E flat major Op.109 : II Andante: Glazunov : Saxophone Concerto in E flat major Op.109 : II Andante
Saxophone Concerto in E flat major Op.109 : III Allegro: Glazunov : Saxophone Concerto in E flat major Op.109 : III Allegro
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : I Allegro moderato: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : I Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Theme & Variations - Theme: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Theme & Variations - Theme
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation I: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation I
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation II: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation II
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation III: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation III
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation IV: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation IV
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation V: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation V
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation VI: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation VI
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation VII: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation VII
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation VIII: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation VIII
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation IX: Glazunov : Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor Op.92 : II Variation IX
Rêverie in D flat major Op.24: Glazunov : Rêverie in D flat major Op.24
Concerto Ballata Op. 108 : I Allegro commodo: Glazunov : Concerto Ballata Op. 108 : I Allegro commodo
Concerto Ballata Op.108 : II Adagio: Glazunov : Concerto Ballata Op.108 : II Adagio
Concerto Ballata Op.108 : III A tempo: Glazunov : Concerto Ballata Op.108 : III A tempo
Concerto Ballata Op.108 : IV poco meno mosso [Allegro marciale]: Glazunov : Concerto Ballata Op.108 : IV poco meno mosso [Allegro marciale]
Méditation in D major Op.32: Glazunov : Méditation in D major Op.32

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